Mesdames on the Move: March 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Happy Spring, Dear Readers!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

We are delighted to announce two new members have joined the Mesdames.

A number of our Mesdames are participating in events. One of our Mesdames is now represented by a prestigious US agent, a Monsieur is celebrating the acceptance of his story in a new anthology and we’ve got new books to announce.

And speaking of new anthologies, Carrick Publishing is now seeking new stories for another anthology. 

So join us for an exciting month of March!

New Members

A big welcome to two new Mesdames of Mayhem: Mme Jayne Barnard and Mme Therese Greenwood. We are now truly a national organization. Jayne, Therese and M Kevin Thornton all live and write in Alberta.

Jayne Barnard, Therese Greenwood


Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell has signed with the prestigious Transatlantic Agency and looks forward to conquering the USA.






Blair Keetch



M Blair Keetch‘s short story “Deadly Cargo” is in the new Superior Shores Press anthology, Heartbreaks & Half-Truths, to be published on June 18, 2020. Congratulations, Blair!




Kevin Thornton


Congratulations to M Kevin Thornton, who is the new Crime Writers of Canada representative for the Prairies.





Books! Books! Books!

Announcing The Light in Trieste, a new historical novel by a Canadian master, Mme Rosemary Aubert.

Review copies are now available:

The Light in TriesteThe Light in Trieste is a novel of international intrigue that spans three centuries. It’s a tale of illegal immigration: the story of an empress, a refugee and a prostitute, three desperate women in three different time periods, each attempting to use the same stolen antique scientific instrument to bribe her way into a new life in America. Inspired by the unusual life of Sisi, Empress of Bavaria and renegade wife of Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, Aubert follows the fictional path of the glowing prism once owned by Sir Isaac Newton. The Light in Trieste is available through Carrick Publishing and on


Presses Renaissance Press hosted a live on-line party to introduce the cover and video trailer for Mme Madona Skaff‘s new novel, Death by Association on February 25th.

Death by AssociationMadona Skaff

Pre-order now! Available May 15, 2020!

New Anthology for Carrick Publishing

Carrick Publishing will soon be announcing a new Crime story anthology, to be released Fall 2020.

Submissions open March 1 and will close June 1.

Each story must contain an illness or a disease. The illness or disease can be life-threatening or only relevant in some other way. It can be related to either the protagonist or the antagonist. It can be a rare disease, or something very run-of-the-mill, including colds, flu and the like. But there must be a disease playing a factor in either the crime or the solution.

Story basic guidelines are the following:

  • a Word Count 1500 min – 8000 max;
  • it must contain a clear crime;
  • it can be mystery, procedural or thriller. No horror, please.

There will be prizes for best story and runner up,

Readings and Events

Novel Idea International Women's Day EventMme Lisa de Nikolits is at Novel Idea bookestore on International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 7, 2020,156 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario.









Madeleine Harris CallwayMme M. H. Callway is attending Left Coast Crime 2020 in San Diego.  On March 15th, 9 am, she is moderating the panel “Celebrating the Short Story: when less is better”. She’ll be enjoying social get-togethers with the Short Mystery Fiction Society, fellow Canadian crime writers and of course, taking in Noir at the Bar on Friday, March 13th.




Bloody Words Mini-con/Bony Blithe Award Gala

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

A friendly reminder from Cheryl Freedman that space is filling up for the 2020 Bloody Words Mini-con/Bony Blithe Award Gala on Friday, May 22, 2020, High Park Club, Toronto. But there’s still room, so register now for a full day (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) of criminous capers.

Only $75 gets you panels, a loot bag, book dealer Ian Elliott from A Different Drummer Books, luncheon and afternoon nibblies, the Bony Blithe Gala dinner, and lots of time to schmooze with new friends and old.

Authors, the sooner you register, the more likely you are to be on a panel.

Social Media

Kevin ThorntonM Kevin Thornton is profiled by MX Publishing about his Sherlock Holmes stories.

For fans of Sherlock Holmes, we recommend joining the Toronto Bootmaker’s Society  Their monthly meetings at the Toronto Reference Library are great fun and feature talks by interesting crime writers, forensic experts and so forth.




Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits

Join Mme Lisa de Nikolitis on a blog tour for her book The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution from March 1-31. All the dates and blogs are listed on her Blog Tour with Partners in Crime page.

The Occult Persuasion



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